iPod Nano (1st Gen) Take-Apart-Guide


iPod Nano Parts available here: iPod Nano Parts

Step 1

Tools required:

  • Small Phillips Screw Driver
  • Small Flathead or exacto razor
  • A Safe Open Tool
  • Complete Toolkit available HERE

    1st use your thumb and index fingers to squeeze the middle of the ipod to create a small gap. Next insert the safe open tool and pry the front bezel along the full edge to open the unit.

  • Step 2

    You now have the front cover and backing apart. you will need to take the screw driver and unscrew the 3 screws on the main board. You should also take the battery off the front panel now as well. It is held on with mild adhesive so you can simply pull it out (it will remain connected to the board (soldering required to change the battery)

    Step 3

    After the screws are taken off, you can see in pic. 3 that the ribbon connecting the clickwheel needs to be taken off. Insert a small flathead screwdriver/razor and pop the black clip up to remove the small cable.

    Step 4

    Picture of clickwheel ribbon cable that needs to be disconnected.

    Step 5

    There is one more cable that needs to be disconnected in the middle of the board (pic. 5). Pop the clip up again and slide the cable off. This is the Nano LCD ribbon cable

    Step 6

    You now have the board out so you can take the screen out of the front bezel. The screen is held to the front panel with sticky adhesive so you will need to pull this out gently.

    Step 7

    Shows all parts disassembled.

    Step 8

    To change the clickwheel you will need to insert a small flathead screwdriver or razor and take the metal plate off. this is held on with mild adhesive.

    Step 9

    Shows disassembly of iPod Nano clickwheel plate.

    Step 10

    Shows complete disassembly of iPod Nano.

    We are all done, just go backwards to reassemble. Let us know if anything else should be added to this guide.